On Monday November 7, 2011, S. Brian Willson spoke at Steelworkers Hall in Toronto, Ontario, promoting his new book Blood on the Tracks: The Life and Times of S. Brian Wilson (PM Press, 2011). Willson was the main guest speaker at the War Resisters Support Campaign’s quarterly fundraiser to help cover the legal and support costs for American war resisters from the “war on terror” who fled to Canada from 2004 to the present. Willson’s publisher, PM Press, graciously donated all proceeds from book sales at the event to the War Resisters Support Campaign.
Willson spoke about his experiences in Vietnam as a commander of the United States Air Force (USAF) 823rd combat security police unit dispatched in 1969 to the tiny Binh Thuy Air Base in the Mekong Delta (the most heavily bombed region of South Vietnam). He also spoke about his own personal journey that led him from being a “Commie-hating, baseball-loving Baptist” to a life-long commitment to antiwar activism. In September 1987, Willson lost both of his legs while trying to block a shipment of 500 pound bombs, phosphorous, and other munitions to Nicaragua during the Reagan administration’s dirty wars in Latin America.